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How to Play Chess for Beginners: Rules and Basic Strategy (548 hits)

No matter what your age is, it's never too late to learn how to play chess. To help you get started learning the great game of chess, we've created this beginner's guide. This guide will teach you the rules of chess, how chess pieces move, as well as basic chess strategy and moves.

The Chess Pieces

The first step in learning chess is knowing the different pieces. Each player gets 16 total pieces to start the game. There are 6 different types of chess pieces. Here's the list of pieces including how many of each these pieces is on one side (the number of both white and black pieces separately).

King (1)
Queen (1)
Bishop (2)
Rook (2)
Knight (2)
Pawn (8)

How to Place Pieces on a Chessboard

In order to play chess, you need to know how to properly place the pieces on a chessboard.
Traditional Chess is played between two players, with one player using white (or light) pieces, while the other player uses black (or dark) pieces.

Chessboards contain 64 squares (8 X 8), half of which are white (or light) and the other half being colored (or darker). Square color alternates so that no two same colored squares are ever directly up, down, or to the side of each other. Same color squares are instead diagonal to each other.

At the beginning of a game the chessboard should be positioned so that each player has a white (or light) square to the bottom right.

Chess pieces are always arranged the same way at the start of each chess game, on the two rows nearest to each player.

For the white player, the first row (the row closest to the player) is always arranged in the following order from left to right:

Rook, Knight, Bishop, Queen, King, Bishop, Knight, Rook.

The second row contains all 8 pawns at the start of a games of chess.
From the black player's side (black player's point of view), the the first row is arranged from left to right in the following order:

Rook, Knight, Bishop, King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook.
The second row contains all 8 pawns.

Each side's King and Queen pieces should be facing each other.
When finished setting up your chessboard it should look like this:

Which Player Moves First?
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Posted By: Elynor Moss
Tuesday, July 16th 2019 at 11:02PM
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